|Ms. HAMAUCHI (left), who is teaching CAFE Sweet hot staff members, says, “It’s very important to measure seasonings accurately, so that you can always provide the same taste.” (Fukushima Prefecture, July 31st, 2014)|
Aim to increase the average monthly income of 12,000 yenWelfare centers have been assisting persons with disabilities with the aim of improving their opportunities for employment by providing practice in a wide variety of professions, including making and selling products. Before the earthquake, their average monthly salary was 12,000 yen. However, this amount has been getting even lower since the earthquake because their workplaces were also damaged.
In an effort to support wage increase through product development, AAR Japan invited a popular chef, Ms. Chinami HAMAUCHI as the instructor, and held cooking classes for welfare centers for persons with disabilities, which engage in production and sales of lunch boxes. During January and February in 2014, the cooking classes were held in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima Prefectures. A total of 63 participants from 34 centers attended and learned directly from Ms. HAMAUCHI. They were all very impressed by her professional cooking skills.
|“25 box” (Niko box) is being prepared with warm hearts by CAFE Sweet hot staff .|
Finally, the lunch boxes are ready. Now, this is a real start!
|Feedback session with Ms. HAMAUCHI (left front side) after food tasting at Pokke no Mori (First on the left, Ayana KISHIDA, AAR Japan Sendai Office)|
|“25box” prepared by CAFE Sweet hot (Fukushima). Tomato rice with mixed grains, fried rolled pork with apple sauce, and vegetable ratatouille. As indicated in the name, 25 ingredients are used to make the lunchbox.|
|“Happy Deli” prepared by Pokke no Mori (Miyagi Prefecture) with Ms. HAMAUCHI. Local ingredients are used.|
|At Pokke no Mori, Ms. HAMAUCHI (at the back in the photo) said, “Your heart adds to your cooking flavors. Never forget your smile like the one you have now.”|
What we gained from the lunch box lessonsMs. Ayumi ABE, Service Administration Chief, Machie no Tanedokoro Fukuwarashi
Not only our staff, but also all of the participants from the centers were so happy to learn directly from Ms. HAMAUCHI. We’ve learned the principles of delicious food and cooking. We’ll be able to utilize this in our cooking.
Ms. Kou HOSHINO, Corporate Administrative Section, Pokke no Mori
“During the earthquake, our equipment warehouse was swept away by tsunami waters. It often made me think we would never be able to make lunch boxes again. However, both our kitchen equipment and staff miraculously survived and we can still go on. We aim to increase our sales of lunchboxes prepared using Ms. HAMAUCHI’s recipes, and pay more to our staff.”
English editing by Mr Richard Whale
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